The GCC oil-producing states, except Kuwait, are MENA's best countries to do business according to the new World Bank's latest Doing Business 2014 ranking.
The UAE ranked 23rd globally and first regionally with three reforms implemented since last year’s ranking. Tunisia is North Africa’s best country to do business, ranking 51st globally and sixth regionally despite implementing zero reforms. Morocco, however, topped the North African region with three introduced reforms and ranked 87th globally. Egypt ranked 128th globally with zero reforms implemented.
The survey underscored that Egypt has made paying taxes more costly for companies by increasing the corporate income tax rate. Kuwait, which ranked 104th globally has made starting a business more difficult by increasing the minimum capital requirement, the World Bank noted. But Kuwait has reportedly strengthened investor protections by allowing minority shareholders to request the appointment of an auditor to review the company’s activities.As to Morocco, it has made starting a business easier by reducing the company registration fees. Morocco also made transferring property easier by reducing the time required to register a deed of transfer at the tax authority. Morocco also eased paying taxes for companies by increasing the use of electronic filing and payment system for social security contributions.
Tunisia made starting a business more difficult by increasing the cost of company registration.
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